No Tolerance Left

05/25/2006

Intolerance on displayMany liberals do not tolerate other points of view.
Hypocritical to the core. That’s about the only thing to be said about many of America’s liberals. For a group that purports to brand itself a bastion of progression and enlightenment, their unwillingness to hear different points of view contradicts their rhetoric.

When a United States Senator attempted to honor the graduates of Columbia University’s New School in New York City, jeers, boos and insults littered the Theater at Madison Square Garden as John McCain appeared on stage. Several graduates, students and even faculty members waved orange fliers declaring, "Our commencement is not your platform."

The first student speaker, Jean Sara Rohe, threw away her pre-planned words of encouragement to the graduates in favor of an all-out political assault.

"The senator does not reflect the ideals upon which this university was founded," she said, to a roaring ovation. "Senator McCain will also tell us about his strong-headed self-assuredness in his youth, which prevented him from hearing the ideas of others, and in so doing he will imply that those of us who are young are too naïve to have valid opinions. I am young, and although I don't profess to possess the wisdom that time affords us, I do know that pre-emptive war is dangerous and wrong.”

She added, "Osama bin Laden still has not been found, nor have those weapons of mass destruction."

As Mr. McCain came to the lectern, dozens of students and professors stood and turned their backs on him. Despite his distinguished service to our country, both in the battlefield and in the legislature, many on the left will not tolerate his right to free speech.

The same goes for the most politically powerful black woman in American history. As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took the podium to exhort the graduates of Boston College, about 50 students stood and turned their backs to her. Some held signs reading, “Not in my name.” Police removed one banner that said "BC honors lies and torture." Outside the venue, protesters marched with signs reading "No Blood For Oil" and a small plane flew overhead bearing the message, "Your War Brings Dishonor."

Secretary Rice responded with the kind of grace that typifies an intellect not intimidated by free thought.

"There is nothing wrong with holding an opinion and holding it passionately," Ms. Rice said. "But at those times you're absolutely sure that you are right, go find somebody who disagrees. Don't allow yourself the easy course of the constant 'Amen' to everything you say."

One would hope that Secretary Rice’s barrier-breaking rise to power would inspire students, but not so with hard-core liberals.

“I’m very upset that they invited someone so political,” said one student. “It causes unnecessary controversy for our commencement.”

Apparently these students failed to study modern history. Traditionally, numerous speakers with left-leaning political views fill the podiums during graduation season. No protests were reported this year at large universities where commencement ceremonies were conducted by democrats such as Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Wesley Clark, Bob Graham, Rosa DeLauro, Elijah E. Cummings, Timothy Kaine, Mark Warner, Janet Napolitano, Phil Bredesen, Karenna Gore-Schiff and Antonio R. Villaraigosa.

Many of America’s academic institutions are at the frontline of the liberalism’s war against Americans. The ongoing assault against conservatism and traditional values exposes shameful abuses of liberty in the name of First Amendment rights. The left professes to defend our rights, but their actions prove otherwise. When it comes to many of America’s liberals, there is no tolerance left.



Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes.

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